In this video I explain the foundational core of all Martial Arts!
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In this video I am drilling some no Gi Triangles. The Triangle is one of my least favorite submissions how ever it is still a very dangerous submission that must be drilled and studied lest ye fall pray to its trappings.
What Do I remember about this camp? We trained for 16+ hours over the course of the weekend. We spend the morning covering stance, movement and footwork then hand fighting and the pivot. The afternnon was all take downs the Half Halch, Flying Mare, Knee Tap, Single Leg, Standing Achilles Ankle Lock, Front Headlock Take Over, Front and Rear Lateral Drops, Grovit, Standing Double Wrist Lock were some the take downs but the Pivot was what Billy was most concerened about. I can vividly recall Billy Instructing that day. The second day was spent on mat work. We did Positional drills, about 5 Different Toe Holds, Double Wrist and Top Wrist Locks, Key Lock, Short Sit Outs, Standing Up from a Defense Position, Arm Rolls, Texas Clover Leaf and a bunch of other stuff.
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Illustration I did of the famous Catch Wrestling Hold Known As the Grovit circa 2012. As Jake Shannon gave testimony to here in his review of my Catch Wrestling Comic Book Strength Monsters I used to tell Billy about my ideas for comic books all the time.
Here’s the illustration in its entirety;
Yesterday I published the Vintage Martial Arts Mail Order advertisement to be come a Registered Black Belt and learn Aicondo. Todays post is an illustration I did circa 2014 in nod to the, “simultaneous side kick and punch while neck chopping and opponent” behind you illustration in the Aicondo advertisement. Men of Action is just one of examples of many hidden nods and tributes I’ve embedded with in my Worlds Deadliest Web Comic. Many of them will go unnoticed to the lay person but for the real martial arts historians there is much to be discovered within the series. You can read my martial arts webcomic Worlds Deadliest online for free starting with Chapter 1 here.
Another classic mail order martial arts course that ran in comic books and men’s magazines nation wide. For only $6.95 Aicondo will turn you into a deadly fighting machine. It is a deadly self-defense system using the best of Karate, Kung-Fu, Judo and Aikido. If I can learn how to simultaneously punch and kicking the air while neck chopping an opponent behind me sign me up! I want to be a studly looking dude in a gi that can pose coolly while young women admire me! As great as the over the top ad copy in Aicondo is I love the illustrations in this ad the most. I’ve actually done original illustrations of my own in tribute to this advertisement in my Worlds Deadliest comic book. Check out Men of Action my nod to the simultaneous side kick punch neck chop double neck chop here. My nod to the guy standing in the gi with the admiring woman next him has not been published public yet. When I do publish it I will link to it here.
Not too long ago I posted here about how useless and annoying white boards are when it comes to martial arts coaching. Since I am also guilty of having a white board in my private studio I thought I might as well post a current picture of what it looks like. Below is a brief and somewhat incomplete transcription of everything on it. What you’ll notice is I made a lot of lists. This is because the brain is attracted to organization and order and people have been trying to organize techniques for training purposes since the dawn of martial arts. In reality nothing in fighting is organized and response needs to be based on real internalized skill and application not just a theoretical list.
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1. Inorder to improve you will need to learn by doing.
2. White boards make people feel like they are in school or a formal educational setting. School is boring and formal education isn’t fun.
3. The class becomes too cerebral the white board will take you out of your body and put you back into your head.
4. Those who are inclined to learn the white board way usually are already very good at understanding mechanics, concepts and principals on an intellectual level but unable performe their understanding physically.
I remember when this game was in every 7-11 and Arcade across the nation. There’s nothing cooler than two guys with blue and pink jeans some vests walking through the streets taking out a Gang with the side kicks, hair grabs and knees to get the girl friend back from the Big Boss.
Here’s a rare look at the pencils by A.J. Fulcher from my Catch Wrestling Comic Book Strength Monsters. You can still download THIS entire issue for free just put your name and email in the box below and I will email you a copy.
This is a cool Chuck Norris Karate Kammando Illustration by former Disney Animator Tom Bancroft. Tom did this illustration of Chuck in 2014 at my request during the time I was one of his supports on Patreon. Eventually I had to cancell my pledge in order to save money in an effort to allocate more funds towards making my own comics.
This classic advertisement for Joe Weider’s Destructive Self Defense mail order martial arts course once ran in comic books and mens magazines all across the country. Make sure you check out the illustration I did with comic book inking legend Joe Rubinstein back in 2012 inspired by this classic Martial Arts Mail Order Course here.
Found this old fight card from a Super Brawl event I attended the year 2000. People new to MMA don’t understand at this time these events were illegal in majority of the States in the U.S. including California. Hawaii was one of the places that allowed sanctioned MMA fights to take place. Erik Paulson, Matt Huges and Rumina Sato were just a few of the fighters I saw compete before the general public even had a clue about what MMA was. Living in Hawaii at the time I was able to watch a lot of the Japanese Shoot fighters which eventually led me to seek out instruction in Catch Wrestling under the great Billy Robinson.
The Karate Kid has for a long time been one of my all time favorite movies. I saw the film in the theater and it blew my mind. Now with this video out I don’t know what to think. It changes everything. Is Daniel really the Bully? or is this just an example of how someone can spin just about anything to mean something else.
True story; in 2008 when I was coaching out of my Carlsbad gym I had a guy call up and ask if he could sublease space for his martial arts group.
I asked, “what style of martial arts will you guys be practicing?”
The guy replied, “We have no style.”
Me, “Ok so what martial art is this?”
Him, “We we are a style without styles we don’t fall under a specific martial art.”
Me, “Well what are you going to be doing; punches, kicks, wrist locks, throws, grappling, self-defense, weapons?”
Him, “We do everything and nothing I can’t say we do this or that or it will only place limitations on an art without limitation.”
Me, “If you can’t tell me what you’re going to be doing in here then I can’t sublease to you.”
Him, “We are all members of a meditation temple so you don’t have to worry.”
Stumbled across this cool video today while doing more research for the collected print (and download) edition of Worlds Deadliest, Chapter 1; “Deathly Weapons.”
I’ve been working really hard to finished this first collected edition of my Martial Arts Web Comic Worlds Deadliest soon. The book will contain a number of never before published illustrations by myself, biographical essays on important martial artists and a number of additional articles and resources pertaining to martial arts even including some little known and obscure information about Dim Mak!
Hopefully the overall all the finished product will be the martial arts book you’ve always wanted to read that no one ever made.
Just working real light here in this clip there is a Texas Clover Leaf transition to a toe hold, transition to triangle choke. A knee bar take down as a counter to a go behind and a heel hook transition to a straight achilles lock after a counter to a triangle from the guard.
We trained for nearly three hours today it was an awesome introduction to Jerry’s Red Zone Knife Defense material. In this workshop we went over unarmed verse the knife and dealt with someone trying to shank you. Prior to this workshop I had already trained knife defense in the Traditional Arts of Tang Soo Do and Aikido but I had done the most extensive amount of training in unarmed verse knife with Trent Suzuki a 4th degree black belt in the Filipino martial arts and at the time I was training with him a named expert in Hock Hockiem’s system in fact I even dug out my old Congress of American Knife Fighters training blade for this workshop. I still highly value the training I did with Trent and in the traditional arts and fell there was much value gained through those training experiences. The material Jerry presented and taught us today is however in my opinion the best knife training I’ve done to date. For those of you who missed out on this workshop we’ll be having Jerry back again soon stay tuned and don’t miss out on the next one.
Posted by Sam Kressin in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Martial Arts WITHOUT punching makes no sense...
Ancient Scrolls of the Unknown Masters
I want these guys to acquire a little more skill and a number of ways to set up this combination then in a few weeks I will be teaching them the counter. Keep checking in to follow our progress.
Posted by Sam Kressin in Catch Wrestling
Short Jab, Cross step to the angle Shovel Upper Cut followed by two short hook punches to the head. I learned the set up from Rodney King of the Crazy Monkey Defense Program. I put this drill together on my own there are an infinated number of drills found in boxing similar to this one.